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Nikon D3400 Bluetooth DLSR

August 30 2016

by Philip Northeast

The Nikon D3400 is based on a proven entry level DSLR camera the D3300 with the inclusion of Bluetooth connectivity and new lenses.

With  Bluetooth pairing, the D3400 can instantly share photographs with smart devices for use on social media or by email.

“Featuring a variety of user-friendly features like Nikon SnapBridge, the new D3400 gives those new to DSLR photography the opportunity to proudly capture what they love and easily share with friends and family,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The introduction of the new series of NIKKOR lenses demonstrate Nikon’s commitment to providing affordable and versatile lens options to DX-format DSLR photographers looking to capture their own unique perspective of the world.”

DSLR camera

Nikon D3400 now with Bluetooth

The new lightweight lenses complement the D3400 to make an easy to carry everyday camera kit.  The new stepping motor technology offers quiet and fast autofocusing, an  advantage for shooting video while recording sound. The adoption of this technology also reduces the overall size and weight of the lens.

Even though the Nikon D3400 has many features making it easy to use for photographers new to DSLRs it is not at the expense of image quality.  The rapid advance of digital photography means that while the D3400 may seem a modest performer compared to the flagship models, it is  capable of taking stunning photographs in a wide range of challenging situations.

The D3400 has a high resolution 24.2 APS-C sensor (DX format) capable of capturing fine detail that was only available using high-end cameras a few years ago.

With a wide ISO range of 100 -25,600 the D3400 is capable of amazing captures in low light. Nikon raised the top end of the native ISO to 25600, rather than making it an extended range function. Rather academic as I rarely use anything that high. The native range of the predecessor the D3300 to 12800 is more than sufficient. But at least it tidies the control systems so ISO is only one control.

Combine with its capability of capturing full HD 1080p video and the image quality potential is there for photographers to unlock.

Camera with lenses

Nikon D3400 double zoom kit

Bluetooth connectivity is the real plus for Nikon’s new entry level DSLR. This provides for automatic sharing of reduced sized images of 1920×1080 pixels to your smartphone or tablet.This a convenient to share on social media or as an email attachment. Full resolution images can be shared manually. When you register  a new D3400 Nikon offer free unlimited cloud storage for the reduced size images and up to 20GB for full-size images.

Bluetooth allows for remote Live view and shutter control from the Snapbridge app on a smartphone or tablet.

One big advantage of smartphone cameras is ease of use and their ability to instantly share photographs. The Nikon D3400 brings these capabilities to a DSLR, along with the power to capture stunning images in low light or of fast action.

Pre-order from Adorama:

Nikon D3400 DX-format Digital SLR Camera w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55MM F/3.5-5.6G VR Lens $US646.95

Nikon D3400 DX-format Digital SLR Camera Body (Black) w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55MM F/3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300MM F/4.5-6.3G ED Lenses $US996.95



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